A man accused of shooting and wounding two women at a community college inside a Virginia mall has pleaded guilty to four felony charges.

Novelist E.L. Doctorow will be honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Two more people have been charged in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.

A federal judge has put on hold the majority of what attorneys have called a "momentous" change to Ohio's gay marriage law.

A state board will consider granting the gray wolf endangered species status on Wednesday, giving it a chance at returning to California in significant numbers after a decades-long hiatus.

The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 39.

State police are investigation a fatal crash in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Major stock indexes were notching small gains in morning trading Wednesday as investors cheered solid earnings from Yahoo and looked ahead to quarterly report cards from other big tech companies including Google and IBM. The market also got a boost from some encouraging news about China's economy and U.S. factory production.

SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

Stock indexes are opening higher after more U.S. companies reported solid earnings and some encouraging news about China's economy.

An evening thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph caused a cargo ship to run aground, coming to rest just a few hundred feet from the beach and drawing plenty of onlookers from nearby condos and apartments Wednesday morning.

At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime.

Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.

A consultant says road grading projects may have contributed to a slow-moving landslide that has displaced nearly 60 residents and damaged homes and businesses in Jackson, Wyo.

A football coach who was dismissed from Minnesota State, Mankato, is returning to his job at the school after he was cleared of child pornography charges.

A man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has a mental disorder, his mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Miley Cyrus is in the hospital and unable to perform her "Bangerz" concert in Kansas City, Mo., as planned.

The owner of a tow boat that ran aground Tuesday in Lake Pontchartrain said high waves pushed by a passing storm front broke a line connecting the vessel and a barge it was pushing.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours.

A judge in Phoenix will hold a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will challenge the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Arizona.

"A hard landing in China's economy is one of the biggest risks clouding the outlook for the rest of emerging Asia." — Capital Economics in a report this week. On Wednesday, China reported its slowest growth rate since the third quarter of 2012.

They're called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building.

Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect are headed to court Wednesday to ask a judge to dismiss some of the charges against him and to ease restrictions on him in prison.

Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once but allegedly twice that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — can't stop criminal activity.

Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.

Two vessels collided in a main shipping channel and a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday in high winds gusting up to 70 mph, the Coast Guard said.

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.

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